The first roles that I would’ve heard Hanazawa Kana in, had I been able to ‘hear‘ seiyuu at the time, were Kajiwara Sora in Sketchbook ~full color’S~ and Potemayo from the eponymous anime, both of which aired in late 2007. The irony there is that the former is a character who’s too shy to speak aloud—so all of her dialog is mental narration—and the latter is a 2-foot moeblob who can only say two syllables per breath and mostly makes noises. —Not exactly roles that tell you if an actress is going to be good, in spite of being leads.
I’m happy about having watched Railgun, because I’m a huge fan of A Certain Magical Index. The franchise has been one of my biggest fandoms from the past 6 months or so, and it’s got a lot of great culture surrounding it. Albeit, while I did enjoy Index a lot, it’s always been true that the whole of the series is better than the sum of it’s parts, and it’s for the same reason that while I did enjoy Railgun, I didn’t necessarily ‘like’ it, as ghostlightning might say.
(Had to cap this ep myself, so no screenie bank today) In my post on the first episode of Railgun, I noted how Misaka and Kuroko were incredibly badass. Episode three shows us that Saten and Uiharu are not ready to be left behind in that regard. It also confirms my thoughts that this show has one of my favorite vocal casts ever.
(200 screenies here) Railgun episode two has solidified Kuroko as my favorite character of the season, as well as proven her place of equal importance to Misaka in this story. Ordinarily, when a joke is overused in an episode I grow tired of it, but I realized before long that the joke here was the actual point of the episode, and in the end I felt it was very solid. Now I want to get into the bones of it.
(I literally have over 200 screen shots from this episode, courtesy of No Name. If you want to see them all, check out this album)
I’ve watched the first episode of Railgun twice already, and I wouldn’t be opposed to be seeing it a third time. Railgun episode one made me JIZZ IN MY PANTS, and I’m hear to talk about all the delicious reasons for such feelings of love towards this show~~
In the past, I have declared my disgust toward season previews because of the fact that people often put down or dissuade interest from a show in spite of the fact that there isn’t much to know about the shows yet, and those people rarely do comprehensive research on the shows they are previewing. Not wanting to be a part of that negativity, I have researched the shows coming out in Fall 09 and am here to tell you which ones I’m looking forward to, and that you may want to check out. :D